For over 70 years, Activar Construction Products Group, Inc. (ACPG) has been a manufacturer and distributor of products for the commercial construction industry under the brand names of JL Industries, Air Louvers, Maxam Metals, Rooftop Accessories and Hiawatha. With multiple manufacturing plants and the most stocking locations in the industry, we provide fast local distribution to most major metropolitan areas of the US.
- Access – Roof Hatches & Accessories, Access Panels, Floor Doors
- Fire Protection – Fire Extinguishers, Extinguisher Cabinets, Valve & Hose Cabinets
- Emergency Specialties – AED & AED Cabinets, Emergency Oxygen
- Vision Lites – Fire-rated, Non-rated, Lead-lined, Detention
- Door Louvers – Fire-rated, Non-rated, Exterior, Hurricane-rated, Detention
- Glazing – Safety-rated, Fire-rated, Ballistics-rated, Lead-lined
- Privacy Options – Privacy Screen, Miniblinds, Vistamatic
- Door Protection & Accessories – Door Edges, Kickplates, Pushplates, Foot-Operated Door Pull
- Wall and Floor Protection – Corner Guards, Entrance Mats & Gratings
LOCATIONS – Our headquarters is located in Bloomington Minnesota. We operate manufacturing and distribution facilities in Commerce California, Bloomington Minnesota, and Burnaby British Colombia.
We also provide regional availability of our products from nine warehouses in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Texas, North Dakota, Utah, Nebraska and Washington where commonly ordered items are available for quick pick up or shipment.
Production facilities include CNC machining, robotic welding, and the latest technology in no-VOC paint lines. All our locations are continuously improving manufacturing efficiencies, recycling, and waste reduction programs.
We are members of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), the Door Security + Safety Professionals Institute (DHI), Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (FEMA), International Code Council (ICC) and the Minnesota Manufacturer’ Alliance.
In 1978, Activar, Incorporated was formed, and JL Industries, Inc. was acquired. Since 2001, our group of companies has been known as Activar Construction Products Group, Inc.
JL Industries, Inc. was founded in 1947 as a manufacturer of fire extinguisher, valve, and hose cabinets for the commercial construction industry.
In 1981, Hiawatha, Inc. of Bloomington Minnesota was acquired. Hiawatha was founded in 1954 and known for their line of architectural door hardware including kickplates, door pulls and push bars, door stops, flush bolts, and door coordinators.
Activar continued growing its offerings of fire protection equipment, access panels and roof hatches with the acquisition of Samson Products of Los Angeles CA in 1984, providing increased manufacturing capabilities and access to the west coast market.
With the acquisition Air Louvers, Inc. in 1991, located in Los Angeles, the range of construction product offerings was expanded even further. Since 1965, Air Louvers operated a 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility for products including metal vision frames, louvers, and metal edges for doors. Both Samson Products and Air Louvers consolidated operations with a move to a new, larger building in Commerce California that year.
In 1996, Activar added a state-of-the-art aluminum cabinet fabrication and distribution facility in Fort Myers Florida with the acquisition of Thomas Enterprises.
With the addition of Maxam Metal Products in 2020, many new lines of fire-rated access panels including the largest tested sizes in the industry became available along with up to 4 hour fire-rated floor doors.
JL Industries is best known for fire protection and life safety products including fire extinguishers and cabinets, automated external defibrillators and cabinets, as well as valve and hose cabinets. Other offerings include rated and nonrated access panels, floor doors, corner guards, entrance mats and gratings as well as roof hatches, safety railings and rooftop pipe supports.
Air Louvers has been a quality manufacturer of louvers and vision lites for the wood and hollow metal door industry for over 30 years. We offer a wide range of fire and safety-rated glass options, door edges and astragals plus a line of privacy options for vision frames. Specialty products have been developed for use in hurricane zones, and product offerings now include x-ray glass and ballistics-resistant glazing.
Hiawatha Inc. began as Hiawatha Metalcraft in 1954, manufacturing architectural hardware, and built a solid reputation through the years for quality products and excellent customer service. Hiawatha provided a wide range of architectural door hardware in finishes from brass and bronze to polished stainless to complement the interior of any building.